miles richmond

The Borough Movement and 20th Century Art

"The Borough Group and the Borough Bottega are well documented historically as to the dates of their actual foundation. Nonetheless the term "Borough Group" has come to be used loosely to describe a number of painters who painted around the artist David Bomberg each one evolving his own style -derived from certain tenets.

"The Borough Group and the Borough Bottega are well documented historically as to the dates of their actual foundation. Nonetheless the term "Borough Group" has come to be used loosely to describe a number of painters who painted around the artist David Bomberg each one evolving his own style -derived from certain tenets.

Artists such as G.B Scott. Phillip Holmes and Susanna Richmond find a definite place in this exhibition. As, with those just mentioned, neither Kossoff nor Auerbach were ever members of either the Borough Bottega or the Borough Group. Notwithstanding this, the names and reputations of the last two mentioned are inextricably linked to that of the Master. The artists in this exhibition who were with Bomberg during the vears from 1944 until the time of his death in 1957 were all completely committed to a common goal."

The above is the opening to my notes to the catalogue for the June 1989 Exhibition "Spirit in the Mass" at Fine Art Associates, Westbourne Grove. This Exhibition which was so important to the resurrection and re-launch of the Borough artists was accompanied with much tension. Part of that tension was due to my action in including in that exhibition artists who had not formally been elected as paid up card carrying members of the Group. I still stay with my inclusion of those people such as Scott, Holmes, Kossoff, Auerbach, and others whose style derived from the method and teaching of David Bomberg and were his pupils for varying periods from 1948 until 1957.

Laurie Stewart